“Citizenship education is about enabling people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities. And it’s on the National Curriculum in England.”
Citizenship is a statutory subject on the National Curriculum in England in secondary schools since 2002.
“At the Citizenship Foundation, we want young people to leave education with a grasp of the political, legal and economic functions of adult society, and with the social and moral awareness to thrive in it.”
The UK government recommended the teaching of citizenship education in schools. Citizenship is an ideal tool for exploring British values. It is a requirement of the UK government. It is also important because “it builds character and develops the skills that employers are looking for.” This includes skills such as communication, initiative, social interaction and teamwork.
“For schools and other educational organisations, it helps to produce motivated and responsible learners, who relate positively to each other, to staff and to the surrounding community.”
“It’s the job of the education system to prepare our young people for the challenges and opportunities of a changing world.”
How does it benefit young people?
- It helps them to develop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challenges like discrimination and bullying.
- It gives them a voice: in the life of their schools, in their communities and in society at large.
- It enables them to make a positive contribution by developing the expertise and experience needed to claim their rights and understand their responsibilities and preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of adult and working life.
How is this relevant to my project?
I have thought about this in relation to my project and it has similarities that I would like to explore.
- It is a scheme that has been implemented in schools with a benefit to society – My initiative is to encourage a cultural club consisting of children, their parents and teaching staff within primary school.
- It is teaching British values – My idea will teach multicultural values, not only British as we are becoming a multicultural society.
- It has many benefits – My proposal will have many benefits – collaboration, cooperation (psychology of play), social interaction and team work. Additionally; the main aim of my idea is to promote cultural understanding, connections and cultivating respect.
Cultural Education could be the Next Step
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